Irish Water has begun to work on a €500m project which will remove water from the River Shannon to Dublin.
This Dublin Water Supply project is, aside from the installation of current water metering, the first major infrastructure project to be undertaken by this latest water utility.
It has now begun to seek tenders for a Survey Specialist who will examine the water quality at Lough Derg and the Parteen Basin, from which the water is expected to be sourced.
When eventually completed, Irish Water plan to remove around 350 million litres of water per day from the Shannon river to serve Dublin drinking water needs for the next 70 years.
The project previously stalled amid protests from communities and politicians representing the Shannon region.
A 2010 assessment of the plan, carried out for Dublin City Council by consultant engineers RPS, confirmed the Shannon scheme was the best option for supplying the ten counties along the route as well as the greater Dublin area.
It is now understood that Irish Water will submit a final planning application towards the end of 2015.